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An Investigation of the Global Search for the 20th Century’s Greatest Criminals

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Allies declared the Nazi party a criminal organization and pledged to prosecute and punish all those who took part in genocide and crimes against humanity.   During the Nuremberg Trials, approximately 1,000 Nazi officials were convicted of crimes against humanity; but hundreds of thousands of suspected war criminals evaded prosecution by returning to the societies they’d helped destroy; by concealing their war records, by assuming false identities; by fleeing Europe; or by serving the Allies as spies and scientists.   Thousands of Nazi criminals are presumed to be alive. Nazi Hunt: Elusive Justice airs Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 8 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS.

Nazi Hunt: Elusive Justices, a new documentary, explores why governments and institutions failed to prosecute and punish mass murderers, and why certain individuals chose to pursue fugitive killers on their own. 

Filmed in eight countries over the course of three years, Elusive Justice profiles the men and women who took matters into their own hands and succeeded in tracking down Nazi fugitives when official institutions failed.  Narrated by acclaimed actress Candice Bergen, the film includes interviews with suspected war criminals, their families and defenders, professional and amateur investigators, as well as attorneys, survivors, military officials, jurists, and politicians.

Media Contact:  Colleen O’Donnell Pierce
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